Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Building and Improving Vacuum-Formed Model Aircraft

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Building and Improving Vacuum-Formed Model Aircraft
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Company: Richard Staszak

In 1984 Richard Staszak authored an excellent publication entitled, "Building and Improving Vacuum-Formed Model Aircraft". The book was published by Kalmbach Books and was given the item number of 12054 and received the ISBN number of 0-89024-047-7.
Recently Mr. Staszak has released a DVD that is, or all intents and purposes, a complete copy of the original book. In addition, the DVD includes colored pictures and mini-reviews of over 100 vacuformed models from the author's collection. Current sources for some of the older vacuform kits are also identified as well as new kits from current manufacturers.

Mr. Staszak's book provided the tips and techniques that I used to build my first vacuform kit and those same techniques and skills have become part of my modeling "tool box". Those same basic skills are very useful when building models that require that extra amount of effort to get parts aligned and sub-assemblies strengthened prior to completion of a project. These techniques are not limited to old kits or vacuform kits and are, therefore, valuable to any modeler and not just when working on aircraft.

Mil MI-24 HIND Gunship

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Mil MI-24 HIND Gunship
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

Osprey's newest edition to their popular New Vanguard Series is an overview of the Mil Mi-24 gunship, popularly known by its NATO code name, Hind. Using the now-standard format for the New Vanguard series, the author explores the Hind's development, its various variants, and a short combat history not only in the ex-Soviet Union and Russia, but the other countries who field this gunship.

P-47D Wheel Bays

Published: October 15th, 2010     
P-47D Wheel Bays
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/48

Designed for the reigning king of the 1/48 P-47's, the exquisite offering from Tamiya. There's no difference between the D and the M wing, so that means they it can be used on any Tamiya P-47 kit.

About the toughest thing to do with a Tamiya P-47 is to get rid of the ejector pin marks. This set takes care of that with the landing gear doors and wheel bays. The castings are in Aires standard dark gray resin except for the covers for the gear struts. Those are in a cream color and much more fragile than the gray castings. The pour stubs on the wheel bays are heavy and could be tricky to remove. It's pretty much a straight drop, except you've got to remove the kit's wheel bays.

A-1J Antennas

Published: October 15th, 2010     
A-1J Antennas
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quick Boost has quickly built a reputation for excellent resin castings at affordable prices. These two sets are sure to add to that for the already great out-of-the-box 1/72 Hasegawa A-1J kit.

Few things are more heartbreaking than finally getting to the last stages of finishing a kit, only to realize that you've lost an antenna. Sure, you can try your skills at re-construction from scrap styrene, putty, or both but we all know that's easier said than done. Again, these are direct replacements for the kit parts. My sample was very crisp and bubble-free

As always, make sure you wear a respirator when you make your cuts and vacuum up the residual dust once you're finished.

A-1J Resin Exhausts

Published: October 15th, 2010     
A-1J Resin Exhausts
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quick Boost has quickly built a reputation for excellent resin castings at affordable prices. This set is sure to add to that for the already great out-of-the-box 1/72 Hasegawa A-1J kit.

These are direct replacements for the kit parts and my sample was very crisp and bubble-free. They offer a simple solution to the often frustrating, sometimes futile attempt to drill-out exhausts in this scale.

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